Kilgore, Saxman Take On Obama
Virginia Republicans are offering up a preview of their strategy for preventing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, from winning the state's 13 electoral votes in the Nov. 4 general election.
In a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee, former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore and Del. Christopher B. Saxman (Staunton) predicted today that Obama would lose Virginia because of his positions on guns and taxes. The call was a preemptive strike as Obama prepares to campaign tomorrow in Southwest Virginia and Prince William County.
"Senator Obama has got an F rating from the (National Rifle Association) and he has been very critical of the people of rural America for their views on guns," said Kilgore, who was raised in Southwest Virginia. "We all remember the famous quote from Obama that people in rural America cling to their faith and their guns. I think a lot of people will remember that, especially in Southwest Virginia."
Saxman, who noted that there are 650,000 small businesses in Virginia, accused Obama of wanting to raise taxes. "I am in a small business with 50 employees right now, I am perplexed how he expects us to hire and train and provide healthcare to our employees if he is going to burden us with seemingly never ending tax increases."
Saxman and Kilgore are the Virginia co-chairs for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign. The Obama campaign did not return calls seeking comment.
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